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Routine administration of vitamin k at birth

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Greetings to all members of this esteemed forum and thank you in advance for your response(s).

As a medical student and during my residency training, it was routine to administer vitamin k to every newborn.

However, it appears the practice is being abandoned in my part of the world. What is the position in your country

regarding this practice? In addition to your responses, if there are recent material(s) to support the position in your country or locality,

I will be glad to have have them.

Looking forward to hearing from as many members as possible.

Dr Okposio Matthias


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Thank you to Drs Hanifah and Vijayashankara for your responses. With these, I can now continue my advocacy for routine administration of vitamin k to all our newborns. There has been an unexpected increased in cases of vitamin k deficiency bleeding (VKDB) in my local hospital which also serves as a referral centre for smaller public and private hospitals and clinics. On further inquiry, it was discovered that routine vitamin k administration was not being done, no reason was given for their non use of vitamin k, some actually think it made no difference with regards to the occurrence of VKDB. The good news though is that progress is being made. Thank you once more for the responses . Dr Okposio, Delta State Nigeria

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